Fellow sufferers, since yours truly is feeling quite lazy, I am going to share a few posts with you.
The first one is a letter addressed to god, but which I think the religious and especially those who are so opposed to LGBTs should read. It is entitled dear god and I hope the author will got answers from his/her god and share with the rest of us.
The next post, random post in case I die any time soon, struck me as quite interesting. I agree with her that the only way to immortality is through the works we leave behind. I don’t, however, allow any room for the existence of deities. It’s a good read, a personal promise to improve humanity, a hard task I reckon, it is much easier to improve oneself, but all the same, yours truly wishes her well.
The last post, why we suffer, fails miserably in its attempt to explain why we suffer. A brief stroll through the bible, one realizes that the authors of the bible were clueless on why we suffer. One notices many instances where the Israelites suffer for being faithful to their god and they also suffer when they disobey their god. In Job, this god doesn’t know why Job suffers unless if we accept that assuaging his ego must be one of the reasons. The author quotes one of my favourite books of the bible, Ecclesiastes,
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart not pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun….
So I hated my life…. (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, 17)
but makes a wrong conclusion that without Jesus, whose existence is yet to be proved, the search will be meaningless. Our lives are not meaningless because we don’t have Jesus, life is meaningless in and of itself. If this wasn’t the case, boredom wouldn’t visit us. Faced with this absurdity, we must create meaning. We must rebel against this absurdity. To further claim that the suffering Jesus, if he lived, suffered on the alleged cross is even comparable to the suffering that our race goes through every passing day is to make a joke of human suffering! For, please tell, how can suffering, freely chosen by a god to god, be compared to children dying from starvation in the horn of Africa as a result of poor policy of their governments or inclement weather; how does this compare with a child suffering from cancer; or children who are everyday abused by those who should protect them; or those whose lives are shuttered because of earthquakes and tsunamis and many other disasters? No, the suffering of Jesus, if he lived, or for any deity for that matter cannot explain why we suffer. We suffer not because there is any cosmic dictator who sometimes is angered by how we have done stuff here, no, far from it. I don’t know why we suffer. Nature however is indifferent to how we feel and we must for that reason adapt to the circumstances it throws our way. Finally, therefore, fellow sufferers, many hung onto life going through unbearable suffering hoping they will get reprieve, for them I wish them well. Let us help each other as we suffer through this existence, let us make each one’s journey pleasant and above let us lighten the burdens of our fellow travellers as we travel to nothingness from whence we had come. No one person’s suffering can be compared to another, for each person walks his own road!